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My debut novel THE LIE OF YOU has been translated into seven languages and is now a film A WORKING MOM'S NIGHTMARE starring Tuppence Middleton, Lydia Wilson, Rupert Graves and Luke Roberts on LIFETIME MOVIES - see video of trailer below.
I worked as a TV producer for 15 years; moved to the British Film Institute as Deputy Director; was Chief Executive of BAFTA for one year followed by seven years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I now write full-time.
My two psychological suspense novels THE LIE OF YOU and AFTER THE STORM were published in 2014 and 2015 and were USA Today bestsellers.
My next, WOMAN OF THE HOUR, reveals life at the TV front-line through the eyes of producer Liz Lyon. It came out in July 2016 and the follow-up BEHIND HER BACK was published in 2018, all from Head of Zeus. My agent is Gaia Banks of Sheil Land.
I love to hear from readers and I'm on Twitter: @janelythell and Instagram: jane_lythell_writer
My blog: https://janelythellamwriting.blogspot.com/
Author photos by Manu Palomeque and Patrick Tsui. Author video by Amelia Trevette.
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Meet Liz Lyon: respected TV producer, stressed-out executive, guilty single mother.
StoryWorld is the nation's favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the scandals and backbiting that happen off-stage.
But then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of one-upmanship where she doesn't know the rules. As the power struggle intensifies, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to?
In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the glamorous, pressurised world of live TV.
What readers are saying about WOMAN OF THE HOUR:
'I think Jane Lythell is a fabulous author and once again her novel, as with the other two, had me reading into the early hours. This is her best yet, though, and I'm already waiting impatiently for the next in the series'
'Eager to see more'
'A very entertaining and gripping read'
'There are moments to make you laugh, bring a lump to your throat and even to make your mouth water!'
'An epic storyline that runs for the majority of the book, often in the background, but just there, hitting at your conscious to be unravelled'
Now a movie starring Tuppence Middleton.
One woman's fear is another woman's weapon...
To the outside world, Kathy is the very picture of a happy and fulfilled modern woman. She has a beautiful baby boy, a clever, handsome husband and a glamorous, high-powered job. But not everybody is fooled.
Her colleague, Heja, knows the truth: the cracks in Kathy's marriage, her anxieties about motherhood, and her fear of failure at work. Heja is perfectly placed to destroy Kathy's life. And if she succeeds, she can claim the one thing she wants most...
This chilling psychological thriller about obsession, jealousy, and betrayal was recently made into the movie A Working Mom's Nightmare, now available on Lifetime and Sky TV.
REVIEWS FOR THE LIE OF YOU:
'A very credible portrait of obsession to the point of madness ... A clever, involving first novel' Literary Review.
'Fascinating ... Clever ... The author's real skill is her ability to invent memorable original characters. A thrilling read' Daily Mail.
'Pumps up suspense like Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl ... Delivered in a sharp, pragmatic style that is gripping and readable, but behind the adventure the plot hints at bigger, more complex questions about our society' Scotsman.
'A clever psychological thriller ... Lythell has a flair for leading the reader into assumptions then pulling away the foundations' Daily Express.
In a TV station run by men, how do the women make themselves heard?
Liz Lyon is a television producer at StoryWorld, the UK's favourite morning show. Her job is stressful and demanding, but she is determined to show her teenage daughter that women can succeed.
Then a new female colleague joins the station. In this predatory climate of toxic masculinity Liz and Lori should be helping each other. But when Lori starts secretly building her power base with the bosses, Liz is desperate to know what's going on behind her back...
Some secrets destroy you.
Rob and Anna have only just met Owen and Kim. Now they've boarded their handsome old boat to travel to a far off island in the Caribbean.
With only the four of them on board, it should be paradise: lazy afternoons spent snorkelling; long nights enjoying the silence and solitude of the sea.
But ten days is a long time to spend with strangers. Especially when one of them carries a secret.
Un grain de sable va pourtant se glisser dans cette vie bien huilée et la faire basculer : Heja, une collègue de Kathy. Peu à peu, en secret, cette femme s’insinue au coeur de sa vie. Elle l’épie en permanence, surveille ses proches, pénètre dans son appartement. Qui est vraiment Heja ? Pourquoi cette obsession qui devient effrayante ? Pour Kathy, rien ne sera plus jamais comme avant…
Elle avait tout : un travail, un enfant. Et lui. Elle croyait être en sécurité dans sa vie parfaite.